Gang of 14 Chicago thieves loot Louis Vuitton store, make $120,000 in brutal daylight robbery
- A gang of 14 thieves was filmed Thursday robbing $120,000 worth of merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store in suburban Chicago.
- The criminals waited for an armed guard to break before storming the Oak Brook Center store and taking off with the designer products in seconds.
- Although the thieves escaped in three separate cars, police were able to pinpoint the location on Friday and now have vehicle and driver’s license details of the suspects.
- Oak Brook Police are working with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office to see if the crime is linked to a similar Louis Vuitton robbery last month
A gang of 14 thieves stole about $120.00 worth of merchandise from a Louis Vuitton store in Chicago in broad daylight as the Windy City’s rampant crime spread to the upscale suburbs, police said.
A shocking video shows the gang entering the Oak Brook Center store one by one on Thursday after an armed guard took a short break.
Once they were all inside, the thieves took garbage bags out of their coats and leapt to every corner of the store, their bags full of designer products.
Some thieves took everything they could carry by hand and within seconds they all ran out of the store, about 18 miles west of downtown Chicago.
So far this year, thefts in Chicago have seen a 14 percent spike, jumping 11,093 from 9,424 in 2020.
A gang of 14 thieves entered a Louis Vuitton store in the Chicago suburb of Oak Brook and made off with approximately $120,000 worth of stolen goods
The gang had been waiting for an armed guard to break into action
Some of them stuffed garbage bags with designer products, while others packed everything by hand
In seconds, the thieves made off with the Louis Vuitton merchandise
The luxury story guard quickly returned to the scene and tried to stop the gang, but they escaped in three separate vehicles, Oak Brook Police told Fox News.
Officers were able to locate one of the vehicles on Friday, a Dodge Charger, which was reported stolen in Chicago last month.
The other two vehicles were believed to have been a silver Lincoln MKZ and a red sports car.
Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger said police now have vehicle and driver’s license details on the suspects.
“We’re looking for all those leads now, our detectives are looking for those leads,” he told Fox.
The crime took place Thursday afternoon at the Oak Brooke Center
The store carries a variety of goods, with bags and purses costing as much as $3,000
The number of criminals and target reflects a similar theft a month ago, just 50 kilometers away
Oak Brook Police Chief James Kruger said police were looking for clues and working with the prosecutor to see if the two robberies were related.
The incident mirrors a robbery at a Louis Vuitton store last month, just 31 miles away in Northbrook.
Northbrook Police said a gang of 13 thieves and three getaway drivers were targeted by the Louis Vuitton in the Northbrook Court Mall and stole about $66,000 worth of products on Oct. 7.
“We don’t know yet if there is a connection, but there are certainly similarities and our researchers are talking to their researchers,” Kruger told ABC 7.
Oak Brook Police Department is working with the Illinois Attorney General to see if the two robberies are related.
While total crime is down 1 percent, robberies in Chicago are up 14